American Citizens Abroad (ACA) Calls for Creation of Commission to Study Impact of U.S. Laws on Americans Overseas

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American Citizens Abroad (ACA) has launched a major campaign calling for support of H.R. 597, the Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act. This bill calls for the establishment of a governmental commission to study how U.S. laws and policies affect United States citizens living outside of the United States.

American Citizens Abroad (ACA), an advocacy group representing Americans living and working outside of the United States, is launching a major campaign calling for support of newly introduced bill H.R. 597, the Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act.

This new legislation, introduced by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and nine co-sponsors, calls for the creation of a commission to study how Federal laws and policies affect U.S. citizens who live and work outside of the United States. The Commission would be comprised of 15 members appointed by the President, of whom some would be required to be living abroad or members of an organization of Americans living abroad such as ACA.

“We are orphan citizens,” said MaryLouise Serrato, Executive Director of ACA. “No one in the U.S. Government represents specifically the millions of U.S. citizens living outside the country, so no one studies or understands our concerns.”

“Americans living abroad are unofficial but very effective ambassadors for the United States,” added Jackie Bugnion, member of the ACA Executive Committee. “The United States would benefit enormously in many ways if the concerns of Americans living outside the United States were heard and addressed, and this Commission is a first step in that direction.”

ACA is sending an appeal for support of this legislation to its members and supporters worldwide, as well as to its network of Country Contacts residing in 55 countries who support the work of the organization.

Information on H.R.597 can be found at https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/hr597 and additional information can be found on the ACA website at: http://americansabroad.org/issues/representation/supporting-hr597/

Contact: Marylouise Serrato, info (at) americansabroad (dot) org or 202 322 8441

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